What does harsh mean?

Definitions for harsh
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harsh, rough(adj)

    unpleasantly stern

    "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

  2. harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the senses

    "the harsh cry of a blue jay"; "harsh cognac"; "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes"; "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"

  3. coarse, harsh(adj)

    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

    "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"

  4. harsh, rough(adj)

    unkind or cruel or uncivil

    "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"

  5. harsh(adj)

    severe

    "a harsh penalty"

  6. harsh, abrasive(adj)

    sharply disagreeable; rigorous

    "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"

Wiktionary

  1. harsh(Verb)

    To negatively criticize.

    Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!

  2. harsh(Verb)

    to put a damper on (a mood).

    Dude, you're harshing my buzz.

  3. harsh(Adjective)

    Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.

  4. harsh(Adjective)

    Severe or cruel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harsh(adj)

    rough; disagreeable; grating

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  2. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the touch

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  3. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the taste

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  4. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the ear

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  5. Harsh(adj)

    unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  6. Harsh(adj)

    having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harsh

    härsh, adj. rough: bitter: jarring: abusive: severe: unkind.—v.t. Harsh′en, to render harsh.—adv. Harsh′ly.—n. Harsh′ness. [M. E. harsk, a northern word; cf. Sw. härsk and Dan. harsk, rancid, Ger. harsch, hard.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'harsh' in Adjectives Frequency: #687

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harsh in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harsh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of harsh in a Sentence

  1. Shinzo Abe:

    History is harsh. What is done cannot be undone, with deep repentance in my heart, I stood there in silent prayers for some time.

  2. George Brainard:

    (Silk lighting) just sort of softened the harsh sunlight, and that way I could get really pretty light all day so I wasn't just restricted to shooting in the early morning and late-afternoon hours, i could shoot any time. It just makes a really pretty soft light on the people.

  3. Lu Wenjie:

    It is a daunting task to engineer a 'slow bull' market. Either harsh regulation or simple inaction could result in critical consequences, a plausible and sensible solution is to guide excess domestic capital to overseas markets.

  4. Melissa Ilardo:

    This isn't an adaptation to harsh conditions. It's the co-evolution of human culture and humans as a species.

  5. Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday:

    I must denounce the terrorist attack ... and demand from the United States government a thorough and swift investigation, harsh sanctions and security measures and guarantees for our diplomatic missions.

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